In addition to information from social workers, patient navigators, and other health care providers,
there are a number of national and local service organizations that help people with cancer who have
financial challenges. Contact these organizations directly to learn more about their specific programs
and services, including eligibility.
Ifyou lack the time, energy, or computer access to investigate these organization, go ahead
and recruit a relative or friend to help you. We're a phone call away at: 516-500-3702 or
e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org..
Find Out What's available. CANCERcare'sTips for Finding Financial Assistance website section,
"Financial Help for People with Cancer" fact sheet, and the publication "A Helping Hand - Financial Edition",
provide a wealth of information on financial resources. You can view the book on-line or order a copy.
Contact CANCERcare at 800-813-4673 or www.cancercare.org and speak to one of their professional
social workers, who can guide you through the process.
Don't automatically assume you won't qualify because you're working, have insurance, or think that you're too young or too old.
Check with individual Pharmaceutical Companies. Almost every pharmaceutical company
has patient assistance programs to help patients with the co-pay for specific drugs.
The website is usually the name of the drug, eg, if you are taking Herceptin and need
information on assistance with co-pays, go to www.herceptin.com.
Check the Database to Find Help in Your Area. The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition,
www.cancerfac.org, is a group of 14 organizations who provide a searchable database of resources
available to you, based on your diagnosis and zip code.
Know Your Social Security Disability Options. Most people diagnosed with metastatic
breast cancer qualify for Social Security Disability under the Compassionate Allowance
Program, assuming you have a qualifying work history. This will help if you cannot work.
Early Life Insurance Payouts - a life insurance policy ordinarily pays benefits after a policy
owner dies, However, these benefits can be paid directly to a chronically ill or terminal
policy holder before he or she dies. Check with your insurance company .
Breast Cancer Charities - Help Now Fund provides emergency financial assistance to help people in active treatment with their rent and utilities: http://www.thebreastcancercharities.org/help-now-fund/.
Patient Access Network Foundation provides co-pay, deductible and medical financial assistance.
PAF Financial Aid Fund Division is an independent division of the Patient Advocate Foundation. It provides small grants to patients who meet financial and medical criteria. If you are interest in applying for this, you should start by calling the division toll free at 855-824-7941.
Freebies and Discounts for Cancer Patients as compiled by 1Up On Cancer.
More Options: MBCN has a website page that lists additional financial resources.
Additional links: http://breastcancer.about.com/od/free-stuff-cancer/a/free-cancer-support-services.htm
Be persistent! You may have to make a lot of calls and visit many websites. Enlist others to help you.